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Five now arrested or charged in Orem shootout

More charges were filed Friday in connection with a failed drug robbery in the parking lot of an Orem apartment complex that resulted in a shootout.
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OREM — More charges were filed Friday in connection with a failed drug robbery in the parking lot of an Orem apartment complex that resulted in a shootout.

Brayhan Maya
Brayhan Maya
Utah County Jail
Cameron G. Deragon
Cameron G. Deragon
Utah County Jail
Celeste Pickering
Celeste Pickering
Utah County Jail

Brayhan Maya, 18, of Pleasant Grove, was charged in 4th District Court with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies; possession of a weapon by a restricted person and obstructing justice, second-degree felonies; and inciting a riot, a third-degree felony.

That brings the total number of people arrested or charged in the Aug. 27 incident to five.

Cameron G. Deragon, 19, of Draper, and Celeste Pickering, 19, of Provo, are listed as co-defendants in court documents.

Earlier this week, Nicholas James Jordan, 23, of Orem, was charged with attempted murder, a first-degree felony; possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and obstructing justice, second-degree felonies; drug distribution and inciting a riot, third-degree felonies.

Cameron William Todhunter, 18, of Spanish Fork, was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; inciting a riot, a third-degree felony; and reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.

Todhunter orchestrated a scheme to rob a drug dealer — Deragon — whom he had robbed before, according to charging documents.

Police say Todhunter arranged a drug deal using his girlfriend’s Snapchat account. Pickering, the girlfriend, then drove her car to the arranged meeting place, the charges state. Also in the car with her were Maya and Pickering’s 2-year-old child.

Todhunter “instructed her and male passenger Brayhan Maya where to go and how to pull off the robbery” and provided Maya with a gun, the charges state.

When both groups met in the parking garage at Promenade Place, 875 S. Geneva Road, “things went predictably south in a hurry,” according to court documents.

Maya fired three rounds at the other group, prompting Jordan to return fire at least once, the charges state. Amazingly, no one was injured.

Orem police, along with a SWAT team, responded to the area and began rounding up suspects and witnesses for questioning.

“When Jordan’s apartment was searched, police discovered he had ditched his gun along with a bag of over 100 marijuana dab cartridges in another apartment so the police would not find them,” the charges state.

Both Maya and Todhunter were on parole from youth corrections, according to the charges.

Jordan has “an extensive criminal history” and was on felony probation at the time of the shootout, police say.